MIGHTEE SHERO /MĪDĒ/ /ˈSHIRŌ/: A FIERCE HEROINE WHO IS A BEACON OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT.
The global V-Day movement is devoted to materializing this mission. Acting troupes generally perform Ensler’s play to benefit rape crisis centers and shelters for women. But, one group, Mightee Shero Productions, recently ventured into another form of shelters for both women and men: prisons.
THE new york times
"Producer Elyse Sholk wrote that the performance 'affirmed a core belief that drove us to assemble our powerhouse cast in the first place: formerly incarcerated women, professional actresses, and activists are well-positioned to leverage their art and activism to affirm and remind us all that women in prison matter'."
"Before the performance, the two dozen men at the Queensboro Correctional Facility, a prison that prepares inmates to re-enter society, did not know what to expect of the show. Then, after the sounds of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” faded away, the show was introduced with a resounding: 'Who has used the word vagina?'."
Elizabeth Mackintosh (Co-Founder and Executive Producer) is a producer, storyteller, and advocate. After graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Theater from Montclair State University, Elizabeth worked both regionally and internationally as an actor and voice over artist. She holds a certificate in classical theater from the British American Drama Academy at Oxford and recently relocated to Los Angeles, where she works in development at Sony Pictures Television. When she's not in the office, Elizabeth devotes her time to supporting women and queer filmmakers and volunteering as a certified sexual assault advocate at Strength United. In 2013, Elizabeth was selected as a Next Generation Leader by The Women in the World Foundation for co-founding the V-Day MSU campaign, which has raised over $25,000 for local charities working to end violence against women and girls. .
Elyse Sholk (Co-Founder and Executive Producer) is a producer, educator, and product manager. She was the second full-time employee of a retailer technology startup based out of Build Grand Central. Previously she served as a 2011 Teach For America corps member at Eastern University Academy Charter School in Philadelphia where she received Teach For America’s Regional Transformational Teaching Award for her impact inside and outside of the classroom. Elyse is a graduate of Theater Resources Unlimited’s (TRU) Producer Development & Mentorship Program, and has produced readings of new plays and musicals as part of the TRU Voices Reading Series. She is the general manager of the upcoming school performances of A Brooklyn Boy. Elyse holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Masters in Urban Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Elyse is a member of Wharton's MBA Class of 2018.
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